What are the best fairy tales?

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    #1Fairest

    Fairest

    Fairest is a young adult romantic fantasy fiction novel written by Gail Carson Levine. This Snow White retelling tells the story of Aza who has a kind heart who attracts the heart of a prince.

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    Donald Chavez
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "For teens too old for Snow White, this is a great alternative. "Fairest"'s story is exciting and compelling and very, very emotional!!! It's so good that I'm already reading it a second time!"
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    #2Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin)

    Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin)

    Princess of Glass is the second book in the young adult romance trilogy The Princesses of Westfalin written by Jessica Day George which follows the journey of Princess Poppy as she agrees to participate in a royal exchange program.

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    Jordan Schneider
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin) is one of the best fairy tales I have ever read. It is the 2nd book in the series written by Jessica Day George whom I absolutely love. Princess Poppy is the definition of "princess" and I just adore her in this series. You will love it too!"
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    #3The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up is a classic fictional children's pop-up book written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by Robert Sabuda. It was published October 1, 2000 by Little Simon.

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    Kathleen Griffin
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If you need something magical to read with your kids or grandchildren look at this wonderful rendering of the one of the best fairy tales ever. The pages come alive and there is plenty to read as your little one explores the pop-up pages. It's pretty sturdy and should last through many readings. "
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    #4Ella Enchanted

    Ella Enchanted

    Cinderella is forced to obey every order because of a 'gift' from her fairy godmother. In Ella Enchanted, Gail Levine's 1997 Newberry winning rendition of the Cinderella story, Cinderella goes on a journey to free herself from the curse forever.

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    David Holland
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The best fairy tales and retellings include "Ella Enchanted" which is a winning rendition of the Cinderella story. Boasting an average customer rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars based on 1,276 customer reviews on Amazon, I would strongly recommend this book."
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    #5The Looking Glass Wars

    The Looking Glass Wars
    The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor tells the story of Alyss Heart, an orphaned heir to the Wonderland throne, who runs away to save herself from her evil Aunt Redd. This book is the first in The Looking Glass Wars series.

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    Jesse Chen
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This is a great retelling if the wonderland story. If you haven't checked it out I strongly suggest it."
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    #6Princess Academy

    Princess Academy

    Princess Academy is a novel by Newbery Honor-winning author, Shannon Hale. It tells the story of a girl named Miri as she attends a princess academy with other girls from her village, all in the hopes of becoming chosen by the prince.

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    Lawrence Banks
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a great book for kids. I read it with my 5 year old and we both enjoyed it. It's fast paced and very easily understood by kids. I think my child learned at least 10 new words from reading the book. The story is really good too! Almost felt transported back to childhood when reading it."
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    #7Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)

    Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)
    Dealing with Dragons is a book by Patricia Wrede that tells a story about Cimorene. She is a unique princess that has all the abilities of a strong man. She became bored with her life as a princess so decided to run away with her dragon.
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    Ananya Patil
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I love books that have a strong female lead as equality is what this world is about these days and this book did not disappoint. The book had me daydreaming about having my own dragon and what that would be like. It was such a magical story to get lost in and escape from the real world. "
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    #8Spindle's End

    Spindle's End

    Spindle's End is a young adult fantasy book by Robin McKinley which follows the story of Rosie, a child who was cursed by the evil fairy Pernicia to prick her finger on a spinning wheel spindle and fall into a poisoned sleep.

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    Patrick Brewer
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Spindle's End is a book by Robin Mckinley aimed for teens. It is a fairy tale adventure that follows Rosie, who is a child who is cursed. It's a great story, and at 368 pages, provides for a good bit of entertainment."
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    #9Wildwood Dancing

    Wildwood Dancing
    Wildwood Dancing is a fantasy book for young adults written by Juliet Marillier published on January 23, 2007 by 2007. It follows the story of five daughter from the castle of Piscul Draculi.
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    #10Pinocchio

    Pinocchio

    Pinocchio is a  wordless graphic novel created by Winshluss. This sequential art book is first published in 2003 and won the Grand Prize at France's Angouleme comics festival in 2009.

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    #11East

    East
    East is a young adult fantasy book by Edith Pattou which follows the story of Rose, a girl who is swept away by a white bear on an adventure of mystery and love. It was published in 2003 and is the first book in the East series.
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    Liu Li
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A retelling and amplification, with much more detail than the original Norwegian fairy tale. I like that while there is a strong element of prophecy and fate, they are subsumed within a framework of choices and consequences. And the characters are all well-motivated, even if their decision-making skills aren't the best. Definitely a good selection!"
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    #12Book of a Thousand Days

    Book of a Thousand Days
    Book of a Thousand Days is a novel by Shannon Hale. It tells the story of Dashti, who gets locked into a tower with her mistress, Lady Saren, after the lady refused her father's command to marry. Despite being sequestered, Dashti finds love.
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    Aaron Fernandez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Book of a Thousand Days is a great fairy tale book. The fantasy like atmosphere will make you feel like you are in a magical world. The characters are great as well."
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    #13Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)

    Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)

    Beastly is a contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and The Beast. Kendra the witch teaches Kyle Kingsbury a lesson for his cruelty by transforming him into a beast. To break the spell, the girl he truly loves must love him in return.

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    Steven Hansen
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a pretty cool retelling of one of the most classic fairy tales. It's contemporary, fun, and engaging. It makes me wonder if there are actually beasts in New York City."
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    #14The Princess and the White Bear King

    The Princess and the White Bear King

    The Princess and the White Bear King is a children's fantasy book by Tanya Robyn Batt which follows the story of a beautiful northern princess who meets a white bear and goes with him on a magical journey. It was published in 2007 by Barefoot Books.

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    Samuel Pena
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book is inspiring and a great adventure for all readers. It is endlessly entertaining and features a great range of writing styles that will keep you hooked."
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    #15Daughter of the Forest

    Daughter of the Forest

    Daughter of the Forest is the first book in the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier. This book was originally published in 1999. This book is a good mix of fantasy, romance, and history that every young adult may enjoy to read.

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    Xu Wang
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Daughter of the Forest is a fine story of Sorcha who is on a quest to save her family from an evil witch's spell. It's one of my personal favorite fairy tales and I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy stories."
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    #16Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first novel in The Lunar Chronicles series. This book is about a 16-year-old cyborg named Cinder who has an evil stepmother who volunteers her for plague research after her stepsister got infected by a deadly plague.

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    Amanda Mills
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a great retelling of Cinderella. Classic, interesting and magical."
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    #17Stardust

    Stardust

    Stardust is a romantic adventure fantasy film released in 2007 directed by Matthew Vaughn. This follows Tristan who makes a promise to his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. 

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    Tyler McDonald
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is a fantastic story that takes place in a magical place where fantasy is wonderful and plays a more mundane part of life. It's got a fantastic plot and is the essence of modern day fairy tales. It's definitely worth checking out at least once for any fantasy enthusiast."
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    #18Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-up Adaptation is a classical adaptation and children's pop-up book written by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by Robert Sabuda. It was published October 1, 2003 by Little Simon.

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    Jacqueline Jacobs
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a faithful adaptation by Robert Sabuda of Lewis Carroll's original story. The 3D illustrations truly come alive in this pop-up children's book that is sure to wow any curious child."
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    #19Beauty

    Beauty
    In Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, Beauty goes to the enchanted castle in the forest as a willing prisoner. She tames the Beast during her stay and they lived happily ever after.
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    Ralph Hughes
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Reliving my childhood thru a good book. I wanted to feel that freshness again and this did the trick. A great retelling that kept my older interest. This was a good suggestion and fit the bill."
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    #20The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern)

    The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern)

    The Goose Girl is a young adult fantasy novel by Shannon Hale. It tells the story of Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee and her magical ability to speak to birds. It is the first book in the Books of Bayern series.

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    William Lopez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Good good story transporting you to a magical realm where anything is possible.It kept my interest and I'm looking forward to reading more."
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    #21The Blue Fairy Book

    The Blue Fairy Book
    The Blue Fairy Book is a book edited by Andrew Lang and illustrated by Henry Justice Ford which contains some of the best-known fairy tales through generations past. It is a compilation of 37 stories and was published in 1965 by Dover Publications.
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    Dennis Ramirez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Blue Fair Books is very much dedicated to the original telling of fairy tales. These aren't just retellings or reimaginings of old stories. For what it is, it's rightfully overshadowed by Grimm's."
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    #22Cinderella and Other Tales

    Cinderella and Other Tales

    Cinderella and Other Tales by the Brothers Grimm Book and Charm is a classic fairy tale retelling written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. It is first published in 2003. 

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    Nicole Fisher
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I love to read fairy tales. My favorite book right now is Cinderella and Other Tales. It's by the Brothers Grimm. It's a classic retelling by Jacob and Wilhelm Grim. I love this book. It really does a great job at retelling Cinderella and other fairy tales. Definitely check it out if you love fairy tales!"
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    #23Cinderella's Dress

    Cinderella's Dress

    Cinderella's Dress is the first book in the historical fiction series with the same name written by Shonna Slayton which centers on the life of teenage girl Kate Allen. 

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    Aarav Mittal
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "There have been more re-tellings of this story than I can count, but this one stood head and shoulders above the rest. I think bringing the story at least a closer up to date as far as the time period goes really helped me relate to the character a lot more. I could envision myself in her shoes. See what I did there? But no it really is a beautiful story. I urge anyone who loves Cinderella or Disney in general to check it out. "
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    #24The Golden Braid

    The Golden Braid

    The Golden Braid is the sixth book in the Hagenheim series by Melanie Dickerson. It is a romance fiction on a retelling of Rapunzel's classic tale. This book shows the unique side of Rapunzel on throwing best with knives.

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    Christian Wells
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Fairy Tale retellings are always interesting to read. The Golden Braid is a retelling of the story Repunzel and it surprisingly holds up to the original. This is probably the best retelling you can read of Repunzel."
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    #25The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales

    The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales

    The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales is a compilation of folk tales from the Brothers Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm, translated from the original German by Margaret Hunt. It includes tales such as Rapunzel, The Goose Girl, and Rumpelstiltskin.

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    #26Snow White and Rose Red

    Snow White and Rose Red
    Snow White and Rose Red is a book about two little girls who lives with their mother in a small house. They do not have a lot of money but they are happy and kind. The two girls both love to play outside but they have different characteristics that makes each of them unique. 
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    Jose Weaver
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Retelling of classic stories or adaptations that are a bit different than the typical read one remembers form their youth is something I love a lot. this retelling of the Snow White character is incredible. I am loved this all the way through and am touched by how deep the character goes and how this classic story could have been very different if this went down a different road. You should most definitely consider this if you are interested in something new to read."
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    #27The Tales of Beedle the Bard

    The Tales of Beedle the Bard

    The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of popular stories written for young wizards and witches in the fictional world in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. All profits from the sale of this eBook go to The Lumos Foundation.

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    Jeffrey Walters
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I found this book to be somewhat boring. It seemed a little thrown together and did not have a great plot or ending. I was disappointed overall. "
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    #28Cinderella

    Cinderella

    Cinderella is a book about an orphan girl that is mistreated by her step-mother and step-sisters. She serves as a maid to them but when the Prince invited all the girls to a ball, her fate is about to change. 

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    Lawrence Johnson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "A classic story everyone has heard. Pretty good read even if you have heard it before. Not like the movie that is for sure."
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    #29Crimson Bound

    Crimson Bound

    Crimson Bound is a standalone young adult fantasy series written by Rosamund Hodge which centers on Rachelle who has given her life to serving the realm and fights deadly creatures in an effort to atone after she has been bind to an evil. 

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    Virginia Kennedy
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Love this! Great storyline!!"
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    #30Cloaked in Red

    Cloaked in Red

    Cloaked in Red is a standalone young adult fantasy novel written by Vivian Vande Velde which is the retelling of the famous story of the Little Red Riding Hood. 

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    Albert Hansen
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a collection of short stories from the perspective of the different characters in little red riding hood. It is silly in a good way and will definitely make you laugh and think about just how ridiculous the original little red riding hood story is."
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    #31Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep

    Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep

    Princess Sonora is a fantasy book by Gail Carson Levine which follows the story of Princess Sonora, who considers herself so smart that she vows to choose for herself when she will be pricked by the spindle. It was published in 1999 by HarperCollins.

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    Keith Wheeler
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Not too sure about this one. I'm sure it's a fine story, but it would take a lot to make it a "best" for this category which is loaded with classics."
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    #32The Sleeping Beauty

    The Sleeping Beauty

    The Sleeping Beauty is a fantasy romance book by Mercedes Lackey which follows the story of Rosamund, a princess who is cursed by her stepmother to fall into a deep slumber. It is the fifth installment in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series.

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    Ding Yu
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "What I love about this book is the fact that it takes a bunch of fairy tales, and then turns them upside down. Putting a twist on everything you ever grew up with as a child. This is the fifth book in the series and adds a lot of dimension to the entire series that will keep you reading more. "
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    #33Briar Rose

    Briar Rose

    Briar Rose is a young adult fantasy novel by Jane Yolen which follows the story of Rebecca and how she discovers that she is actually the Briar Rose in her grandmother's stories. It was published in 2002 by Tor Teen.

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    Jordan Sandoval
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Briar Rose is one of the best fairy tales and retellings. Wonderful book for young readers...grades 6-8. A fun story about a young girl who learns about her grandmother's true identity through the content of a box her grandmother leaves her. A story about the holocaust."
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    #34The Little Mermaid (Pop-Up Classics)

    The Little Mermaid (Pop-Up Classics)

    The Little Mermaid (Pop-Up Classics) is a classical fiction children's pop-up book written and illustrated by Robert Sabuda. It was published October 1, 2013 by Little Simon.

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    Sara Scott
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This one is the perfect solution. The Little Mermaid is a classic fantasy or fairy tale."
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    #35West of the Moon

    West of the Moon
    West of the Moon is a historical fiction novel by Margi Preus which follows the story of Astri, a young Norwegian girl who desperately wants to escape to America, and who finds magic and adventure on her journey there.
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    Brittany Estrada
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "West of the Moon is a charming story with a strong historical narrative and one of the best fairy tales and retellings that I've come across in ages. This wasn't a story I was familiar with as a child because it's a Norweigan tale and I am so happy the author has created this book. Full of adventure and lessons, this is a fantastic story."

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Best What are the best fairy tales
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1FairestBooks 0 Paid
2Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin)Books 0 Paid
3The Wonderful Wizard of OzBooks 0 Paid
4Ella EnchantedBooks 0 Paid
5The Looking Glass WarsBooks 0 Paid
6Princess AcademyBooks 0 Paid
7Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)Books 0 Paid
8Spindle's EndBooks 0 Paid
9Wildwood DancingBooks 0 Paid
10Pinocchio Books 0 Paid
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